We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea
We Cannot Simply Accept Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Letting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have his way would bring disastrous consequences

by Jana Puglierin | Ukraine, Security

In Crimea, Russia has started off by creating a fait accompli. The West’s response to President Putin has not only been critical; he has also found an astonishing number of apologists. Two former German chancellors have expressed their understanding for his behavior. Such sympathetic rhetoric is anything but appropriate, however, as Jana Puglierin warns here. The Crimea dispute will bring disastrous consequences for international relations in its wake.

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The Czech Republic Wants to Join the EU Fiscal Pact

Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek acknowledges his country’s readiness for EU integration

Berlin | Europe, European Union

The top candidates in this May's European elections should be doing more than just running on behalf of their own parties, said Foreign Minister Zaorálek during his talk at the DGAP. They must initiate a far-reaching discussion about the future of the European Union. Zaorálek, who took up his post this January, stressed that the Czech administration is in favor of encouraging mutual trust among all European actors. Speech (in English) available in the link below.

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Engaging with Difficult Partners: The EU’s Iran Approach

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After years of sanctions and deadlocked talks, the January 2014 launch of an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the E3/EU+3 promises to improve relations. But a deal that would satisfy the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and at the same time allow the country to shed its pariah status is by no means guaranteed. At the DGAP, Marietje Schaake, Bernd Erbel, and Cornelius Adebahr discussed the EU’s Iran approach and the prospect of reaching long-term agreement.

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Franco-German Relations: Sunny Skies, and Not a Moment too Soon
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Berlin and Paris want to cooperate more closely. For the EU to move forward, major efforts are needed

by Claire Demesmay | France, Bilateral Relations

Cooperation between France and Germany has not been at its smoothest for some time now already. If the partners are to develop new momentum for the European project, however, they must get down to work with new ambition. The Franco-German Council of Ministers, which recently convened both cabinets, is an appropriate forum for showing good will. As Claire Demesmay writes, the task now is to develop joint solutions – be it for defense, energy, or neighborhood policy. (In French)


Conflict over Ukraine
Conflict over Ukraine

Berlin, Brussels, and Moscow should be talking to each other, not about each other

by Christian Wipperfürth | Ukraine, Conflicts and Strategies

Domestic political stalemate is plunging Ukraine into further violence and threatens to bring about severe economic crisis and a terrible ordeal. The country is in no position to decide whether to choose the West or the East, since half of the population decidedly rejects the other option. The West and Russia need to overcome their conventional, party mentalities and work together with the Ukrainian players toward de-escalation. Only then can a viable perspective for the country be possible.


Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?
Who Owns the EU Reform Debate?

by Almut Möller | European Union

Countries outside of the euro zone are naturally asking themselves what the imminent deepening of this zone will mean for European Union membership in the future. At the same time, the question overarches the debate about EU reform. In these overlapping discussions, not every suggestion that comes unbidden is necessarily counterproductive. Quite the contrary.


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